Workplace.

Are Parents Helping Or Hurting Millennials In The Workplace?

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

One could argue that the Millennials were only slightly impacted by "Helicopter Parented" phenomenon and the influence their parents had on them had both a positive and negative impact on their workplace skills, whereas the Gen Z kids grew up when this style of parenting really took hold. This could account for so many of them relying on their parents to help them with career decisions. So how is that working out?

Don't Shy Away From Intergenerational Collaboration

Sheryl Boswell | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada Business
Sheryl Boswell

We are currently at a historical crossroads where there's a shift in demographics in the workplace as people are living longer, active lifestyles. This also means that workplaces are made up of a rich mix of employees spanning generations both starting their careers and approaching retirement.

The 5 Habits Of Psychological Resilience

Deri Latimer | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada Business
Deri Latimer

Resilience is the ability to absorb high levels of change, while maintaining your personal resourcefulness. It is more than stress management. Stress management is about 'managing' or getting rid of something that is negative (that you don't want). Developing or building resilience is more about creating something positive (that you want). Focusing on what you want to create provides you with opportunities and 'answers' that will not come to you when you focus on what you want to eliminate.

Overusing Your Strengths Can Turn Them Into Weaknesses

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

We need to be selective about which situations to give our full power to, in order to prevent our strengths from becoming weaknesses. To calibrate where and how much to expend. This necessitates knowing our self, knowing our audience, evaluating each circumstance, and ultimately... exercising judgement.

How To Become A Better Coworker

Alyson Jones | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Business
Alyson Jones

When we realize that such a large portion of our time is actually spent at work, one would think we would be motivated to make this time as pleasant as possible. However, many of us know that this is not always the case. Most people have some sort of war stories from work that involve a difficult coworker or boss who seems bent on making our lives miserable.

Your Company Must Focus On Fostering Loyalty

Sheryl Boswell | Posted 10.31.2016 | Canada Business
Sheryl Boswell

Loyalty is quite a buzzword around the workplace these days. Employers are continually seeking those committed individuals who want to learn and grow within a company and who see themselves staying in the same place (ideally in a new position, or two) for a lengthy period of time.

10 Things You Shouldn't Share On The Job

Workopolis | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Business
Workopolis

There is a time and place for everything, and the things you might share with your friends or personal network are not always appropriate when you're on the job. After all, you never know how people might react to something you share (or overshare) at work, and those reactions can affect your day-to-day relationships and your career as a whole.

Why 3 To-Do Lists Are More Efficient Than 1

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

According to experts, every minute spent in planning saves you 10 minutes in execution. I think that if we have a list and follow it, we are saving substantially more time, and stress as well. If we create and use our Daily List of five tasks, we will save ourselves many hours of frustration just by being disciplined.

Workplace Depression Is Real

Emily C. Johnson | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Business
Emily C. Johnson

My alarm rings, I try to wake up and go out of bed but... I can't: my body feels like a heavy sandbag forced down to the mattress, my mind races, and my eyes traitorously well up with tears. The first emotion is fear. Not that I can't get up but that I could be late for work. I try to leave my bed again. No luck. And yet, my mental block doesn't prevent me from calling to a boss and asking for one day off for health reasons. Depression. It's real.

'Healthy Work Lunches' Aren't Just A Myth

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

In my years of nutrition counselling, I have noticed that lunch often seems to be the forgotten meal. People say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and dinner is almost always the biggest meal of the day. But what about lunch? Lunch should make up almost one-third of your daily nutrition intake -- shouldn't that be important?

Bring An Entrepreneurial Spirit To Your Office

Sheryl Boswell | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Business
Sheryl Boswell

As human beings, we often find ourselves doing the same things in the same ways. We pour a cup of coffee, turn on our computer at work, check email... the list goes on. And sure, we've heard the phrase "creature of habit" to validate this type of behaviour, but I'm here to declare it's okay to mix it up every once in a while.

Talking About Suicide At Work Shouldn't Be Taboo

Monique Caissie | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

Having worked in suicide prevention, I know that making suicide and suicide ideation taboo plays a part in suicide statistics. Just like Mental Illness has been coming out of the closet in the last few years, suicides can be prevented when it is destigmatized and talked about. We have anti-bullying legislation talk about workplace harassment. But suicide or suicide ideation and mental illness are too often off the table.

ACT: A Mental Health Strategy For Overcoming Life's Obstacles

Deri Latimer | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Sometimes you are just rolling along and -- WHAM! -- you are broadsided by an unexpected obstacle. No matter the obstacle, there is a simple and practical strategy that can help you move through the obstacle and either get back on track or find a new track all together!

You Might Be A Princess At Work If...

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

You may be the one who is always making the new pot of coffee, unjamming the photocopier, replacing supplies, helping out in emergencies, always available (even when on vacation) and generally giving 100 per cent back to your organization and team. But there is always one princess who doesn't do any of that, doesn't feel even remotely guilty but seems to get the same rewards as you.

Are You An Armchair Critic?

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

We criticize the athletes' outfits, the colour of their hair, their body art and especially their performance. "Oh, he planted his foot too early on that hurdle!" or "She needs to get a better start so she doesn't fade in the last 20 metres!" and so on. What gives us the right to criticize them? Why do we assume that we "know better"? And more importantly, why do we do this at work, too?

Have You Lost Your Credibility At Work?

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

Credibility is one of those invisible skills that we have quite a bit of control over. It can affect every aspect of your life including your professional life. Luckily, there are many ways you can control your credibility.

Challenging Your Confidence And Taking It To The Bank

Monique Caissie | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada
Monique Caissie

It was 1979 and fresh out of high school, she was excited to have her first real job in a bank so close to her house. Even though it was entry level, ...

The 2016 Professional "Hall Of Shame" Awards

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

Every day, we see people whose photos should hang in the Professional Hall of Shame. People who are simply awful at their jobs, and who somehow manage to get away with bad behavior. They never get fired, but they give their profession a bad name.

Observations On Gen Z In The Workplace

Sheryl Boswell | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Business
Sheryl Boswell

Only recently has greater attention been paid to Generation Z. As more data is collected, what we are beginning to see is not so much a continuation of the trends we saw with Millennials, but the introduction of a new cohort with their own priorities, beliefs and abilities. With yet another generation (for a total of five!) entering the workforce, it's important to understand what makes them tick so that we can better understand how to make the most of them.

Do You See What I See?

Deri Latimer | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada
Deri Latimer

Recently, I purchased a one year licence to use Zoom, a video conferencing service. I had experienced it prior to purchasing it and I liked the opport...

Shows Like Game Of Thrones Don't Do Working Women Any Favours

G(irls)20 | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

Culture says that women ought to be homemakers, look pretty and that they're prizes to be "earned" by men. But culture is learned, and in no small part via popular media. Americans spend on average five hours daily watching TV, for example -- lots of time for media to cultivate unconscious biases.

How To Handle Gossip In The Workplace

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

Gossip. It happens in every workplace and in every family. For some reason, we just love to talk about others. Perhaps it makes us feel better about ourselves, and maybe it reassures us that no one is perfect. Whatever the case, it can make for some pretty interesting lunch conversation.

5 Simple Ways To Be Healthy At Work

Dr. Allana Polo | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Allana Polo

If you are going to spend a lot of time at work, you need to make sure you are living well, even amongst the stress and strain of deadlines and performance reviews. The good news: it's not as hard as you think. Try incorporating some of these simple principles and ideas into your average workday.

Stop! You Are Paying Your Admin Too Much

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

Start using your administrative professionals to their full potential, and that means taking advantage of all of their capabilities.

Raising Your Workplace EQ: The Value Of Creating Connections

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Being talented, driven, confident, curious, creative, courageous and ambitious are all necessities if you want to be a success in any field, but they're not enough. The interpersonal component can make or break even the most promising career. The bottom line is that if you don't know how to relate to other people it will be difficult, if not impossible, to succeed in your career.